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LHC probes delay in Punjab LG elections

Punjab advocate general said delay caused by enforcement of Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2021

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti on Friday probed the delay in Punjab local government polls. The chief justice, heading a two-judge bench- was hearing petitions related to the non-provision of funds to representatives of the local administration.

When asked about the delay in polls, an additional advocate general informed the court that the schedule will be issued after the allocation process was completed. He further added that the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2021 was enforced a little over a month ago on December 13. The additional advocate general said the ordinance had caused a delay in the ensuing process.

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Justice Bhatti replied that the ordinance was set to expire in three months. He added that the old law will be restored once more afterwards. Justice Bhatti asked the additional advocate general whether the government will enforce another ordinance.

The LHC CJ noted that the provincial government had ridiculed the Constitution by not creating the law in the allotted time. He asked when the law will be passed by the assembly.

The court adjourned hearing of the case till January 26 directing the additional advocate general assist the court regarding the issue.

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